AES E-Library

AES E-Library

Preliminary Experiments on the Aural Significance of Parts of Tones of Orchestral Instruments and on Choral Tones

Document Thumbnail

In a series of preliminary experiments we found that the attack transient is quite important in the aural identification of a nonpercussive instrument of the orchestra as compared with the steady state or the decay transient. The -attack transients- of percussive instruments are of very little significance for their identification. The circuits for several quiet gates which we developed are presented. The widths of the distributions and the number of partials are of aural significance in choral tones; the differences between the few laws of spacing that we studied seem relatively unimportant. Choral tones with widths of ±1 percent can be distinguished from solo tones for durations as short as 0.03 second.

JAES Volume 11 Issue 1 pp. 45-54; January 1963
Publication Date:

Click to purchase paper as a non-member or login as an AES member. If your company or school subscribes to the E-Library then switch to the institutional version. If you are not an AES member and would like to subscribe to the E-Library then Join the AES!

This paper costs $33 for non-members and is free for AES members and E-Library subscribers.

Learn more about the AES E-Library

E-Library Location:

Start a discussion about this paper!

AES - Audio Engineering Society